For Your Calendar: Cocktails, Pork, and Philip Glass


You know that summertime is closing in when you can’t keep track of all the things New York has to offer over a weekend. Thankfully that’s what we’re here for, and this weekend is full of so many great things, we had to boil it down to three that you really can’t miss.

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic is one of the biggest draws this weekend: not quite a conference, not quite a festival that takes place in one designated spot, the Cocktail Classic is almost 100 cocktail-themed parties, tastings, and just about everything else you could want in a weekend filled with booze, and people that love booze. Try and make it to at least one of these events, and if your liver can handle it, go to a few.

If you think you can get a seat, you should maybe consider a trip to Bushwick on Saturday for Roberta’s Hawaiian Underground event, which will feature Daniel Delaney of Delaney BBQ roasting an entire pig for you to enjoy. Roberta’s promises that there will be enough pork to go around, but if there isn’t, at least you’re stuck at the best pizza place in Brooklyn.

You know who definitely will not be at Roberta’s on Saturday? Philip Glass. But even though the vegan composer won’t be hanging out at the Bushwick institution, that doesn’t mean you can’t catch him in Brooklyn this weekend. He’ll be playing a pretty epic show at Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of the Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge festival that also includes the legendary Van Dyke Parks (he helped Brian Wilson compose Smile, among many other things), and Real Estate will do an all-acoustic set.

So there you have it: booze, pork, and a vegan composer will make your weekend great.